Sheffield Doc/Fest


Sheffield Doc/Fest returns to the Showroom 5-10 June 2015

Doc/Fest welcomes over 3500 delegates to the Showroom from over 60 countries to celebrate the craft and love of documentary here in Sheffield, alongside over 26,000 members of the general public.

For full details of the Sheffield Doc/Fest programme of films and events see:
sheffdocfest.com  

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The Doc/Lovers Wristband gives you access to all the films you can fit into the Festivals packed programme along with free access to post-screening Q&A’s with filmmakers and stars: one wristband to travel the world of documentary.

Showroom members have access to a discounted rate of £40 (normally £60). If you'd like to take up this offer, please email kat@sidf.co.uk for more information.


the look of silence
The Look of Silence + Q&A (15)
In this multi-award winning companion piece to The Act of Killing, filmed before its release, Joshua Oppenheimer further explores the terrible legacy of the Indonesian genocide fifty years ago, this time through the lens of one family.
  • Fri 5 Jun
  • 18.00
guidelines
Guidelines (18)
La marche à suivre
A series of tableaux illustrating the occasionally trying existence of young people at a rural secondary school. Emphasizing the contrasts between the regulated environment of the classroom and the beckoning freedom of the great outdoors.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 10.00
landfill harmonic
Landfill Harmonic + Q&A (U)
In the heart of one of the grimiest locations in South America - an enormous landfill sprawling across the flood plains of Paraguay - something miraculous is happening.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 10.00
planetary
Planetary (U)
We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that every living thing is connected. Planetary is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 10.15
in between mountains and oceans
In Between Mountains and Oceans + Q&A (18)
As one of the world’s most populated and industrialised nations, Japan is also one of the world’s most forested. A tradition of co-existence between human and nature is quickly being destroyed by the divisive, vertical administration of ecosystems.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 10.30
A young patriot
A Young Patriot + Q&A (18)
At 19 years old, Zhao Chantong is a self-styled Red Guard. Born a year after the 1989 crackdown on Tiananmen Square, Zhao’s patriotic education had been unsullied by the tumultuous pro-democracy movement.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 12.30
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 20.30
addicted to sheep
Addicted to Sheep + Q&A (PG)
In the North Pennines, tenant farmers Tom and Kay spend their days looking after their flock of prized sheep, and hoping that this will be the year they breed the perfect one.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 12.30
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 18.00
circus dynasty
The Circus Dynasty + Unknown Territories + Q&A (18)
Expectations are high when the son and daughter of two famous circus families fall in love. Benny Berdino, the owner of one of Europe’s biggest circus, has a dream. But will the fickle flames of young romance threaten this perfect union?
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 12.45
handsworth songs
Handsworth Songs (15)
Commissioned by Channel 4 for their series Britain: The Lie of the Land, the film won seven international prizes, including the Grierson Award for Best Documentary. Handsworth Songs tells the aftermath of the riots in Handsworth and London from 1985.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 13.15
bp
The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution + Q&A (18)
Stanley Nelson takes us through the turbulent, short life of the Black Panthers, in a film rich in both archive and first person testimony.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 15.15
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 10.15
mother of the unborn
Mother of the Unborn + Q&A (18)
In Upper Egypt, life still revolves around the agricultural seasons and family. Hanan, a woman in her thirties who has been trying to get pregnant with her husband for twelve years, is recuperating from yet another hospital visit.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 15.15
breaking a monster
Breaking a Monster + Q&A (12A)
Three boys are prodigious musicians about to sign a massive recording contract. Given full access to the boys’ frustrating year in the school of rock, filmmaker Luke Meyer casts a critical eye on the money-grubbing yet laughingly clueless music industry.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 15.30
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 15.30
tell spring not to come this year
Tell Spring Not to Come This Year + Q&A (18)
Tell Spring Not To Come This Year follows two soldiers from the Afghan National Army over the course of their first year fighting without NATO support, to finally tell the story of the war through Afghan eyes.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 15.30
shades of true
Shades of True + Q&A (18)
Within three months in 1994, a million people were murdered in a genocide in Rwanda. Populated by two irreconcilable tribes — the Tutsis and the majority Hutus — the country had long been steeped in a divisive antagonism.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 18.15
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 13.00
the hunting ground
The Hunting Ground + Q&A (18)
Excited at having landed a place at the University of North Carolina, Annie Clark's elation evaporated when she was raped before classes began. She is far from alone: studies show that 20% of women will suffer a sexual attack at university.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 18.15
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 13.30
Claude Lanzmann�
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah + At Midnight + Q&A (18)
Claude Lanzmann: Spectres of the Shoah explores the arduous 12‐year journey that led to the creation of one of the most important films of our time.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 18.30
cobain
Cobain: Montage of Heck (Docfest screening) + Q&A (15)
Director Brett Morgen was given full access to the archives of Kurt Cobain to make this film. The result is a wondrous, intimate journey through Cobain's story, from adored toddler to anguished, alienated teenager, sudden fame, fatherhood and addiction.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 20.45
oriented
Oriented + Q&A (15)
Khader prepares himself for a video shoot and ropes in his best friends: Fadi and Naim, both gay Palestinian men, and a trusted straight girl Nagham. They attempt to express the fear they feel towards the increasingly antagonistic Jewish-majority city.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 21.00
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 13.15
cartel land
Cartel Land + Q&A (18)
In this double Sundance winner, Matthew Heineman takes us deep into the world of Mexican drug cartels by embedding himself with two vigilante groups on either side of the US-Mexico border.
  • Sat 6 Jun
  • 21.00
star men
Star Men + Q&A (18)
Sixty years ago, while the UK was happy to award degrees in astronomy, paid work in the field was scarce on the ground. But following Russia’s launch of Sputnik, the US accelerated their space program – and began hiring lots of astronomers.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 10.00
Britains forgotten slave owners
Britain's Forgotten Slave Owners + Q&A (18)
When Britain abolished slavery in 1834 the government compensated the slave owners for the loss of their ‘property’ with the equivalent of £17bn. Historian David Olusoga uncovers Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 10.00
don't breathe
Don't Breathe (18)
Acclaimed filmmaker Nino Kirtadze (World Cinema Best Director, Sundance 2008) has crafted a speculative documentary that strikes a fine balance between drama and comedy, farce and social commentary.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 10.15
scrum
Scrum + Jordanne + Q&A (18)
Despite crash tackling the terrorists on United flight 93, Mark Bingham died along with everyone on board the flight on September 11, 2001. In Mark’s honour, the Bingham Cup international gay rugby tournament was founded.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 10.30
containment
Containment + Q&A (18)
The disposal of nuclear waste does not make it to global news very often. But it ought to, and urgently. Surviving in the shadow of Fukushima and the devastation that has left behind, are we adequately future-proofing ourselves?
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 12.15
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 10.30
little people big dreams
Little People Big Dreams + Q&A (U)
The fairy costume hanging off Jian Quan is at least two sizes too big for him. As he strolls amongst the oversized toadstools, the reality of “Dwarf Empire” in China’s Yunnan province looks bleaker, more patinated than the magic you are promised.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 12.45
leaving africa
Leaving Africa + Q&A (18)
For over 25 years, best friends Riitta and Kata have been working together in Kampala, Uganda, where they live. Both are educator-activists, giving workshops on sexual health, gender equality, and family planning primarily in the rural areas.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 13.00
the stuart hall project
The Stuart Hall Project (12A)
A masterful film essay made entirely from cultural theorist Stuart Hall’s film, television, radio and photographic archives – with a soundtrack from Hall’s musical hero Miles Davis.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 13.00
generation right
Generation Right + Q&A (18)
Nearly a quarter century after it ended, the UK remains profoundly changed by Margaret Thatcher's premiership. Michelle Coomber's archive rich film is a timely reminder of how Thatcher decisively set about implementing a profound sea change in the UK.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 15.00
tea time
Tea Time (18)
For sixty years, Maria Teresa and her high school friends have been meeting for monthly tea in Santiago. The women pray, then talk about their ailments, their husbands, and the rapidly changing world around them.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 15.30
those who said no
Those Who Said No + Q&A (18)
In the 1980s, the new Iranian regime consolidated its power by executing thousands of political prisoners. Now, after 25 years of silence, and with the perpetrators still in power, the world is hearing for the first time the details of the atrocity.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 15.30
best of enemies
Best of Enemies + Q&A (18)
The year is 1968 – one of the most turbulent in 20th century America. The three television networks are battling out for supremacy of the airwaves in the run up to the presidential election. Lagging a distant third, ABC takes an audacious punt.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 15.45
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 15.30
divide
The Divide + Q&A (18)
Inspired by the bestseller of the same name, The Divide demonstrates the terrible impact that decades of misguided economic decisions are having on modern lives - and the truth behind the adage that money can't buy happiness.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 17.15
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 10.00
deep web
Deep Web + Q&A (Sunday only) (18)
Step inside one of the most riveting digital crime sagas of the century - the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the convicted 30-year-old entrepreneur accused to be 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' creator and operator of online black market Silk Road.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 18.15
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 15.45
the russian woodpecker
The Russian Woodpecker + Q&A (18)
Following artist Fedor Alexandrovich’s quest to uncover the truth behind the nuclear disaster in his hometown of Chernobyl. Previous attempts to do so have been met with stubborn obstacles political ones that often border on the sinister.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 18.30
almost there
Almost There + Tina C: Enter Thru the Giftshop + Q&A (18)
Back in 2006, Peter Anton had a portraiture tent set up at a local Indiana pierogi fair. Witty, toothless, and dishevelled, he drew the attention of two filmmakers who happened to be passing by. Over the next seven years, they pieced together his story.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 20.00
808
808 + Q&A (18)
If “happy accident” were ever to find a form, it would probably be in the shape of a Roland TR-808. Created in 1980 as a basic backing tool for the production of demos, it failed to gain any traction in conventional music recording.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 21.00
a syrian love story
A Syrian Love Story + Q&A (18)
Amer met Ragda, when both were locked up in a Syrian jail for speaking out against an oppressive regime. Twenty years and four sons later, filmmaker Sean McAllister comes into their lives, as Amer is waiting for Ragda, who has once again been imprisoned.
  • Sun 7 Jun
  • 21.15
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 20.45
good girl
Good Girl (18)
An acclaimed filmmaker, Solveig Melkeraaen is used to being in control of her life. Then she is felled by serious depression, and undergoes a series of electroshock treatments. In an attempt to take back control, she turns the camera on herself.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 10.00
Philip K Dicks worlds
Philip K Dick's Worlds + Picturing Barbara Kruger + Q&A (18)
He wrote novels which have been adapted into some of the most revered science fiction films of our time, but more than thirty years after his death, Phillip K Dick is now looking like the most prescient anticipator of the digital age.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 10.00
the prosecutors
The Prosecutors + Q&A (18)
The Crown Prosecution Service is often under scrutiny for its decision making; now this groundbreaking series goes behind the scenes to reveal how criminal justice really works.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 10.15
the nine muses
The Nine Muses (18)
Arranged into nine chapters, each dedicated to one of the Greek muses, this film uses mythic structures to tell stories of post-colonialism.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 12.00
the detectives
The Detectives + Q&A (18)
In July 2012 Greater Manchester Police set up a specialist unit to investigate sex offences. The detectives take us into their world revealing what it’s really like to investigate the one crime defining our era.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 12.15
surviving sandy hook
Surviving Sandy Hook + Q&A (18)
Jesse was one of 27 victims killed in a shooting spree at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012. Filmed around the first anniversary of the horrific event, four families trying to move on courageously and tentatively.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 12.45
jungle sisters
Jungle Sisters + Q&A (18)
Migrants from the rural areas of India now make up a significant percentage of India's labour force. Seduced by the opportunity to be independent, many hopeful young women like best friends Bhanu and Bhutu try their luck working for garment factories.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 14.15
the tribe
The Tribe + Q&A (18)
The Channel 4 rig has moved to Ethiopia’s South Omo Valley to capture family life in a tribal village. Grandfather and village elder Ayke Muko lives with his two wives and extended family in four adjacent huts.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 14.45
Thomas quick
The Confessions of Thomas Quick + Q&A (15)
A loner from an early age, Thomas Quick went on to become Sweden's most notorious serial killer, openly confessing to the murders of more than 30 people. What appears at first to be a tale of unimaginable evil evolves into something much more layered.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 15.30
dark horse
Dark Horse + The Brick Collector + Q&A (PG)
Director Louise Ormond tells the rollicking story of how a tight-knit mining community entered the rarefied world of British horse racing - and excelled. Beautifully told through interviews and dramatic re-enactments.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 16.00
angry white proud
Angry White and Proud + Q&A (18)
Angry, White and Proud is powerful and shocking documentary which delves into the world of the far-right in the UK.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 16.30
disaster playground
Disaster Playground + Q&A (18)
Hollywood relies on Bruce Willis saving the world in Armageddon, but who are the real-life heroes seeking to save our civilisation from the next major asteroid impact?
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 16.45
tax bomb
Falciani's Tax Bomb:The Man Behind the Swiss Leaks + Q&A (18)
This investigative doc delves into the story of enigmatic whistle-blower Hervé Falciani, who stole highly sensitive client data from HSBC leading to the biggest banking scandal in history.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 18.15
speed sisters
Speed Sisters + Q&A (12A)
In the West Bank, military occupation is the norm under which its Palestinian citizens must live. Within these constraints, a speed racing scene has flourished, bringing nearby cities into competition with one another while providing a means of release.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 18.45
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 21.00
I am dublin
I Am Dublin + Q&A (18)
Ahmed has been in Europe for six years, living in hiding in Sweden for three. He is one of hundreds of thousands of so-called Dublin-cases are deprived of all rights and deported from country to country in Europe.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 19.00
Greenpeacers�
How to Change the World + Q&A (18)
The idea was simple: send a boat to bear witness, in the Quaker tradition, at the scene of a crime. When journalist turned environmentalist Bob Hunter carried out this plan, with a handful of other peaceniks, an ecological revolution was born.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 21.00
3 1/2 minutes, 10 bullets
3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets (15)
English
In an encounter which lasted a scant three and a half minutes, a middle aged white man named Mike Dunn repeatedly fired into a car of unarmed black teenagers, after they refused to turn down their rap music.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 21.15
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 18.15
Rodrigo y gabriela
For Those About To Rock: The Story of Rodrigo y Gabriela + Q&A (18)
Rodrigo and Gabriela were lucky enough to discover each other as teenagers in Mexico City, forging one of the most successful musical duos performing today. An uplifting story of how talent and hard work can fulfil your wildest dreams.
  • Mon 8 Jun
  • 21.30
summer
16 Years Till Summer + Keep Me Safe + Q&A (18)
A convicted criminal returns home to nurse his father, bringing a dangerous mix of troubled past and big ambition into the lives of those that love him.
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 10.00
escorts
Escorts + Q&A (18)
Escorts is the first time a documentarian has got so close to upper-echelon prostitutes and their work. It is an uncompromising and sometimes provocative film.
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 10.15
bitter lake
Bitter Lake (18)
Bitter Lake is about how the big stories that politicians and journalists tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer. It shows what really happened in Afghanistan - because it’s the place that brutally revealed this.
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 12.15
incorruptible
Incorruptible + Q&A (18)
When President Abdoulaye Wade changed the Senegalese constitution in 2011 to allow for a third term, the country’s young people responded loudly and clearly. “Y’en a Marre” — Enough is Enough.
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 12.30
Tyke the elephant outlaw
Tyke Elephant Outlaw + Q&A (18)
This is the gripping story of a circus elephant who went on a rampage, killed her trainer and died in a hail of gunfire. Her break for freedom traumatised a city and ignited a global battle over the use of performing animals.
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 12.45
orion: the man who would be king
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King + Luchadora + Q&A (18)
As a teenager in 1960s Alabama, Jimmy Ellis' wonderful singing voice was unlike any other. Except, that is, for one Elvis Presley. Hampered by his over-resemblance to the King, Jimmy’s own singing career floundered.
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 15.15
sunu
Sunu + Q&A (18)
In the blazing sun a farmer weeds his crops with a “wingaro”, a long machete-like knife with a rounded end. Indigenous farmers like him form the heart of a strong agricultural resistance against the import of genetically modified (GM) seeds.
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 15.30
chimpanzee complex
The Chimpanzee Complex + Q&A (18)
In the closed, claustrophobic surroundings of a Dutch rescue centre, a team of dedicated staff work with chimpanzees raised by humans. Marc Schmidt's camera work gives us a close up view in this nuanced exploration of them and us.
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 15.45
martin luther king and the march to washington
Martin Luther King and The March on Washington + Q&A (18)
Akomfrah’s film tells the story of the renowned 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom - largely remembered for Martin Luther Kings’ world famous and iconic ‘I Have a Dream’ speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C.
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 18.15
kings of nowhere
Kings of Nowhere + Q&A (18)
Three families live in a village partially submerged by water in Northwestern Mexico. Despite their loneliness, they refuse to leave.
  • Tue 9 Jun
  • 18.15
pepe mujice lessons from the flowerbed
Pepe Mujica - Lessons from the Flowerbed (18)
Pepe Mujica would rather not use a smartphone, and enjoys puttering around on his farm, using his hands as much as possible. He doesn't drive his tractor nearly as much as he would like but as President of Uruguay, he has a country to run.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 10.00
iris
Iris (18)
Iris Apfel certainly knows how to stand out in a crowd. The nonagenarian has been a leader of the New York interior design and fashion scene for decades, and following a 2006 retrospective at MOMA enjoys the status of a legend.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 10.15
democrats
Democrats + Q&A (18)
Documentary maker Camilla Nielsson captures Zimbabwe’s long prelude to democracy amidst real and fabricated distractions, demonstrating the difficulties of working against (and around) absolute power.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 12.30
drone
Drone + Object (15)
When lethal technology develops in excess of ethics and government, what are the repercussions? Winner of the 2014 Cinema for Peace Award, this film is a troubling look at the erasure of the empathetic, accountable human in 21st century warfare.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 12.45
license to krill
Licence to Krill (18)
Antarctic Krill are small animals with a huge importance. The food of whales, penguins and seals, their numbers have been in dramatic decline.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 12.45
merchants of doubt
Merchants of Doubt (12)
Legally, tobacco companies in the 1950s could not deny that smoking caused cancer, but no one could stop them from tampering with public opinion. Now, it is a strategy adopted by multinationals everywhere, especially oil companies.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 15.45
the visit
The Visit (18)
Calling The Visit a “documentary” is slightly misleading; it is entirely speculative, based around a hypothetical encounter with the extraterrestrial kind. Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen has made a film that turns the focus back towards humanity.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 16.00
dreamcatcher
Dreamcatcher (18)
Brenda is a mesmerising woman who has overcome a horrific life on the streets of Chicago. She now has a singular focus: to help other women do the same. A devastating insight into America's urban underclass.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 18.00
limited partnerships
Limited Partnership (18)
In 1975, a liberal clerk from Boulder, Colorado allowed Filipino-American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan to marry. But their hopes of happily ever after were soon crushed by a letter from the US Immigration Service.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 18.15
addicted to sheep
Hits of the Festival: Addicted to Sheep (PG)
In the North Pennines, tenant farmers Tom and Kay spend their days looking after their flock of prized sheep, and hoping that this will be the year they breed the perfect one.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 20.15
bp
Hits of the Festival: The Black Panthers, Vanguard of the Revolution (18)
Stanley Nelson takes us through the turbulent, short life of the Black Panthers, in a film rich in both archive and first person testimony.
  • Wed 10 Jun
  • 20.30

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